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    #1

    "once that" vs "given the fact"

    hi,

    i can use both in the very same situations, right?

    "i gave her a promotion, once that/given the fact she's a good employee."

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    jc

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    Re: "once that" vs "given the fact"

    Hi there

    "i gave her a promotion given the fact she's a good employee" - correct

    "I gave her a promotion once that she's a good employee" - incorrect

    You could say
    "I gave her the promotion once that I saw she was a good employee" - but it doesn't sound as natural as the first example you gave with "given the fact".

    "Once that" means when something happens or becomes known.

    'I knew my firm would promote me, once that it became clear how hard I worked"

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    Re: "once that" vs "given the fact"

    hi,

    the difference is very subtle to me...

    what about "once that she's a good employee, i gave her a promotion"?

    is it OK?

    thanks,
    jc

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    #4

    Re: "once that" vs "given the fact"

    Does given the fact mean assuming that?

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    Re: "once that" vs "given the fact"

    Hi there

    given the fact and assuming that are very similar but I think there is a subtle difference.
    Given the fact implies it is proven, it is verifiable.
    Assuming that implies that it is taken for granted, accepted to be true without proof.

    Deborah ESL

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    Re: "once that" vs "given the fact"

    Hi JC

    it is a subtle use of language , I agree, but there is a difference in the way we use the phrases, as "once that" doesn't mean the same thing as "given that".

    Your example : "once that she's a good employee, i gave her a promotion" is not grammatically correct .

    "Once that" refers to point of time when something became or becomes apparent thus leading to a result or consequence.
    "Given the fact that" is like saying because or as.... " I gave her a promotion because/as she is a good employee"

    You can say : "Once that I saw she was a good employee, I gave her a promotion".

    Or.."Once that she proved herself to be a good employee, I gave her a promotion."
    Notice the tenses here....

    Hope this helps!

    Deborah ESL
    Last edited by Deborah ESL; 09-Dec-2007 at 04:49. Reason: more examples of explanation

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    Re: "once that" vs "given the fact"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    I can use both in the very same situations, right?

    "I gave her a promotion, once that/given the fact she's a good employee."
    I second what Deborah said. In addition, it might be better to say:
    I gave her a promotion because she is a good employee. We needed somebody to fill the position, and I decided that she would be able to do the job.


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    Re: "once that" vs "given the fact"

    'It was surprising the government was re-elected, given that they had raised taxes so much.'
    Does 'given that' mean 'when you consider the following...'?

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    Re: "once that" vs "given the fact"

    hi,

    very difficult to my Portuguese-speaking mind...

    if i always use a person + a verb after "once that", is it OK?

    "once that I/you/she/we/you/they proved/showed/did/any-verb/etc , ....."

    thanks,
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    Re: "once that" vs "given the fact"

    Quote Originally Posted by abra View Post
    'It was surprising the government was re-elected, given that they had raised taxes so much.'
    Does 'given that' mean 'when you consider the following...'?
    Yes! To put it another way:
    Given that (since) the government had raised taxes so much, it was surprising (I was surprised) that it was re-elected.

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